Benham Rise Plateau


Benham Plateau also known as the Benham Rise, is a 13 million hectare under sea region east of Luzon and is 35 meters underwater at its shallowest point off the provinces of Aurora and Isabela. It is delimited by the West Philippine Basin to the north and east.

It is a seismically active undersea region and extinct volcanic ridge east of the Philippines, in the Philippine Sea whic ...

h lies a number of Basins including the West Philippine Basin of which inside the Basin is located the Central Basin Fault.

Benham Rise Plateau News

  • Tuna-rich Philippine Rise Seen To Boost Food Security

    The Department of Agriculture is pushing for the conservation of Philippine Rise, an undersea region east of Luzon, for it to be a rich food source for Filipinos.

    "We are advocating the declaration of the Philippine Rise as a Protected Food Supply Exclusive Zone," Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol said in his keynote speech at the 14th Regular Session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) on Sunday.

    Formerly known as the Benham Rise, the Philippine Rise is a 24.4 million hectare marine paradise that lies under the migration path of important tuna species incl ...

  • President Duterte Declares September As Maritime And Archipelagic Nation Awareness Month

    President Duterte Declares September As Maritime And Archipelagic Nation Awareness Month

    To raise awareness on issues related to national maritime and archipelagic concerns, President Rodrigo Duterte recently signed a Presidential Proclamation declaring September as the Maritime and Archipelagic Nation Awareness Month (MANA MO).

    The Constitution demands the protection of the nations marine wealth in its archipelagic waters, territorial sea, and exclusive economic zone, and reserve its use and enjoyment exclusively to Filipino citizens, says the Presidential Proclamation.

    As part of the month-long MANA MO celebration, the House of Representatives and Oceana are staging a week ...

  • Experts Push Solutions For PH Corals

    Marine biologists and experts in a recent forum put forward science-based solutions to address issues on protecting the countrys corals.

    Wilfredo Roehl Licuanan, in his talk entitled Current Status of PH Coral Reefs and Prospects for the Near Future, recommended to fix the reef first before transplant.

    He was speaking in the recent forum on the National Coral R&D Program that highlighted the current status of Philippine coral reefs, the importance of research for the conservation of corals, and the exploration of our scientists and researchers of the Philippine Rise (formerly Benham Rise ...

  • Moving Toward A Blue Economy

    Moving Toward A Blue Economy

    To harness the vast resources offered by the seas and oceans from fisheries to mineral deposits, the Department of Science and Technology-National Academy of Science and Technology (DOST-NAST) expressed support to the so-called ?blue economy? by focusing on more research and development activities.

    Economist Dr. Ronald U. Mendoza, Dean of Ateneo de Manila University?s School of Government, urged science experts and the government to invest enough in the marine sector, and to use ?not only science but also economics.?

    In a recent scientific meeting with the theme, ?Attaining Sustainable D ...

  • Tapping The Seas Mineral Bounty

    Tapping The Seas Mineral Bounty

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is eyeing to spend an initial P100 million for an ambitious offshore mineral exploration project in the Philippine Rise and Celebes Sea in the next three years.

    Initially, a P30-million budget has already been approved in principle, setting the proposed project in motion for next year's offshore exploration activities.

    The proposal to explore the Philippine Rise was made three years ago, but it was only now that a proposed budget has finally been approved.

    Environment Undersecretary for Mining Mario Luis J. Jacinto, also concu ...

  • PH Asserts Rights Over Philippine Rise With Flag Planting

    PH Asserts Rights Over Philippine Rise With Flag Planting

    Manila asserted its sovereign rights over the Philippine Rise (formerly Benham Rise) on Independence Day, June 12, 2017, by planting a flag on the underwater land feature.

    Military and technical divers aboard the Navy's newest ship, the BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602), set the flag on a concrete base 57 meters below the water surface.

    "As we hoisted the Philippine flag underwater on the Philippine Rise, we also raised the flag above deck of the Navy's biggest and newest ship, BRP Davao del Sur," said Northern Luzon Command chief Lt. Gen. Romeo Tanalgo in a speech.

    "We gather from all walks ...